I found this book on NetGalley. The cover immediately caught my attention, but it was the blurb that lured me into grabbing a copy. Psychic? A Scottish vampire (in a kilt, no less!) who can’t speak? Must find out more.
Title: Serafina and the Silent Vampire (Book 1 of the Serafina’s Series)
Author: Marie Treanor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self-Published via NetGalley
Release date: August 2012
Silence has never been so sinful…
Welcome to Edinburgh’s unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina’s.
Serafina MacBride is psychic – but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client’s party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire – annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client’s son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.
But the amoral and seductive Blair is also on a mission – to find and kill a nest of young vampires who’ve invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights – and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.
Supported and hindered by Blair’s eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina’s, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.
In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being she’s trying so hard not to love.
Right off the bat, we get a feel for Serafina. The whole book was flavored with a charming British slang. She’s snarky. She’s psychic. Just because she can speak with the dead doesn’t mean the supernatural exists. So when a client came to her, wishing to save his son from a stalker who claimed to be a vampire, Serafina took his money. If he wanted to scam her, she’d scam him right back. Only, when the son showed up dead, Sera realized her tragic mistake too late. To make up for treating the job like a joke, Sera vowed to catch the real killer.
Things soon become complicated when her main suspect professed to be a real vampire. Convinced someone hired Blair to act a part, Sera sent him packing. But when the victim woke after hours with no heartbeat and walked out of the house, Sera realized that there might be more to this vampire thing than she’d ever imagined. Using all her psychic and street skills, Sera and her team uncover a secret world of supernatural beings. Vampires were plotting ways to gain power and take over the world. Realizing Blair might be their only hope, she tracked him down and convinced him to join their cause. Only, she underestimated him. The more time they spent together, the deeper Blair worked his way into her heart despite her best intention to keep him at arms length. To save him and her friends, she must risk everything and dig into the troubled past she’d long since buried.
I adored Blair’s tortured soul and how he managed to steal Sera’s heart…all without speaking a word. I wasn’t necessarily sold on Serafina in the beginning. I actually had to re-start the book twice. That said, I’ve enjoying learning about Sera and her troubled childhood. The insight to her past deepened my enjoyment of the book. Sera was just as scarred as Blair. She used her wounds as a shield to keep others at bay and protect herself. Underneath, she’s soft, vulnerable, and Blair quickly fell for this broken woman. He doesn’t want to like her, but her prickly, off limits attitude charmed him out of centuries of boredom. Together, they must hunt down this new breed of vampires before they, themselves, become the first casualties of the war. I loved the epic battle at the end, the lengths they went to protect each other. By the time I turned the last page, I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the book. I’ll continued this series, but I will have to read a few books in between to clear my palate.